The Texas House formally re-elected San Antonio Republican Speaker Joe Straus. In a 132-15 record vote, members chose to stick with the moderate, "will-of-the-House" speaker as opposed to overthrowing him with someone more conservative. Two lawmakers were present but didn't vote.
"Joe Straus leads with respect," said Rep. Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, in his nomination speech. "He respects the members, he respects the process, and he respects the House as an institution."
The vote wasn't a surprise — the Republican Caucus gave Straus 70 of 100 votes in a straw poll on Monday afternoon. While Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa ...!-->